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26th May '16 3:01:55 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In the comic strip ''{{Zits}}'', Jeremy's parents eventually revealed that they had been raising him in a dull middle-class existence when they were really [[spoiler: dull middle class people]].

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* In the comic strip ''{{Zits}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'', Jeremy's parents eventually revealed that they had been raising him in a dull middle-class existence when they were really [[spoiler: dull middle class people]].
18th May '16 9:01:46 PM Pichu-kun
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This commonly appears in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', most often featuring either Twilight Sparkle wishing she were the child of Celestia, or Scootaloo fantasizing being the daughter or sister of Rainbow Dash.

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* This commonly appears in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', most often featuring either Twilight Sparkle wishing she were the child of Celestia, or Scootaloo fantasizing being the daughter or sister of Rainbow Dash.



* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', we meet a little girl named Rosine, a bright, imaginative child with a terrible [[AbusiveParents home life.]] Her favorite fairy tale was about an a boy by the name of Pirkaf, who while loved by his parents never fit in amongst humans and eventually came believe he was a elf (due to being in similar appearance) and ran off to live with them. Believing the same about herself Rosine runs off as well but she obviously ignored the ending of the fairy tale. [[spoiler:Pirkaf meets the Elves and learns that he is indeed human; his appearance was caused by the magic used to save him as infant thanks to his parents begging request for help. Upon hearing this Pirkaf runs back home only to find mysterious forest had sprung up overnight, caused by the Elves' anger over no one mentioning how they saved the boy's life, and Pirkaf--now completely alone--wept and wept.]]
** [[spoiler: In the end Rosline finds no Elves and falls in despair only made worse by being found by her abusive father who then starts beating the crap out of her at that moment her [[DespairEventHorizon deepest despair]] activates a [[ArtifactOfDoom certain little egg]]. The summoned Godhand grants her wish to become an elf by transforming her into a fairy-like Apostle in exchange for both of her parents' lives.]] She has since taken to creating a "fairyland" where the children that she kidnaps are turned into her creepy little pseudo-elves in a very twisted version of the ChangelingTale, one that eventually comes crashing down when Guts comes calling.

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* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', we meet a little girl named Rosine, a bright, imaginative child with a terrible [[AbusiveParents home life.]] Her favorite fairy tale was about an a boy by the name of Pirkaf, who while loved by his parents never fit in amongst humans and eventually came believe he was a elf (due to being in similar appearance) and ran off to live with them. Believing the same about herself Rosine runs off as well but she obviously ignored the ending of the fairy tale. [[spoiler:Pirkaf meets the Elves and learns that he is indeed human; his appearance was caused by the magic used to save him as infant thanks to his parents begging request for help. Upon hearing this Pirkaf runs back home only to find mysterious forest had sprung up overnight, caused by the Elves' anger over no one mentioning how they saved the boy's life, and Pirkaf--now completely alone--wept and wept.]]
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]] [[spoiler: In the end Rosline finds no Elves and falls in despair only made worse by being found by her abusive father who then starts beating the crap out of her at that moment her [[DespairEventHorizon deepest despair]] activates a [[ArtifactOfDoom certain little egg]]. The summoned Godhand grants her wish to become an elf by transforming her into a fairy-like Apostle in exchange for both of her parents' lives.]] She has since taken to creating a "fairyland" where the children that she kidnaps are turned into her creepy little pseudo-elves in a very twisted version of the ChangelingTale, one that eventually comes crashing down when Guts comes calling.


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* In ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'' Chouchou becomes convinced that her parents aren't her biological parents. The problem is she looks ''[[StrongFamilyResemblance very much]]'' like them. Everyone but her seems to notice the resemblance.
14th May '16 12:42:19 AM CaptEquinox
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* Opal Whiteley, or Princess Francoise Marie de Bourbon-Orleans (both names are engraved upon her tombstone), was a TeenGenius naturalist living in Oregon who kept a diary (now a respected classic) from the age of five or six. Stories about her life vary depending on who is telling them, but she seems to have believed almost from the beginning that she was adopted and was really the daughter of Prince [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri,_Prince_of_Orl%C3%A9ans Henri d'Orleans]] of France (himself a naturalist who wrote several books on geography). She later became a CloudCuckoolander and ended her days in a hospital for the insane.

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* Opal Whiteley, or Princess Francoise Marie de Bourbon-Orleans (both names are engraved upon her tombstone), was a TeenGenius naturalist living in Oregon who kept a diary (now a respected classic) from the age of five or six. Stories about her life vary depending on who is telling them, but she seems to have believed almost from the beginning that she was adopted and was really the daughter of Prince [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri,_Prince_of_Orl%C3%A9ans [[http://bit.ly/1s9FjUq Henri d'Orleans]] of France (himself a naturalist who wrote several books on geography). She later became a CloudCuckoolander and ended her days in a hospital for the insane.
3rd May '16 8:15:36 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* [[MosesInTheBulrushes Inverted]] in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': Moses believes himself to be Egyptian royalty until he bumps into a Hebrew slave who fiercely insists that she is his sister, and that he's Hebrew as well. When the woman he thought to be his mother confirms this to be true, and that she first found MosesInTheBullrushes, he [[HeroicBSOD doesn't take it very well]]. In [[Literature/TheBible the source material]], his real mother served as his wet nurse, and he grew up knowing the truth.

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* [[MosesInTheBulrushes Inverted]] in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': Moses believes himself to be Egyptian royalty until he bumps into a Hebrew slave who fiercely insists that she is his sister, and that he's Hebrew as well. When the woman he thought to be his mother confirms this to be true, and that she first found MosesInTheBullrushes, MosesInTheBulrushes, he [[HeroicBSOD doesn't take it very well]]. In [[Literature/TheBible the source material]], his real mother served as his wet nurse, and he grew up knowing the truth.
3rd May '16 8:07:08 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In Creator/EvaIbbotson's ''The Star of Kazan'', the main character, Annika, a [[MosesInTheBullrushes foundling]], despite having a loving family, endlessly dreams of the rich woman who will sweep into the house one day and tearfully ask for the baby she abandoned in a church years ago. When such a woman really does appear, Annika finds that she does not like life as a [[AristocratsAreEvil noblewoman's daughter]] and, at the end of the book, [[spoiler: is perfectly willing to accept that the woman is not her real mother, as expressed by her ''jumping off of a boat'' to get away from her]].

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* In Creator/EvaIbbotson's ''The Star of Kazan'', the main character, Annika, a [[MosesInTheBullrushes [[MosesInTheBulrushes foundling]], despite having a loving family, endlessly dreams of the rich woman who will sweep into the house one day and tearfully ask for the baby she abandoned in a church years ago. When such a woman really does appear, Annika finds that she does not like life as a [[AristocratsAreEvil noblewoman's daughter]] and, at the end of the book, [[spoiler: is perfectly willing to accept that the woman is not her real mother, as expressed by her ''jumping off of a boat'' to get away from her]].



* [[MosesInTheBullrushes Inverted]] in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': Moses believes himself to be Egyptian royalty until he bumps into a Hebrew slave who fiercely insists that she is his sister, and that he's Hebrew as well. When the woman he thought to be his mother confirms this to be true, and that she first found MosesInTheBullrushes, he [[HeroicBSOD doesn't take it very well]]. In [[Literature/TheBible the source material]], his real mother served as his wet nurse, and he grew up knowing the truth.

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* [[MosesInTheBullrushes [[MosesInTheBulrushes Inverted]] in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': Moses believes himself to be Egyptian royalty until he bumps into a Hebrew slave who fiercely insists that she is his sister, and that he's Hebrew as well. When the woman he thought to be his mother confirms this to be true, and that she first found MosesInTheBullrushes, he [[HeroicBSOD doesn't take it very well]]. In [[Literature/TheBible the source material]], his real mother served as his wet nurse, and he grew up knowing the truth.
3rd May '16 7:42:40 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Often overlaps with MosesInTheBullrushes and/or SwitchedAtBirth and very often IJustWantToBeSpecial.

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Often overlaps with MosesInTheBullrushes MosesInTheBulrushes and/or SwitchedAtBirth and very often IJustWantToBeSpecial.
24th Apr '16 7:50:53 PM Anddrix
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* In ''Film/JupiterAscending'', Jupiter Jones is the genetic reincarnation of the Queen of the Universe. There are three groups that are looking for her, the Queen's elder son who wants to kill her so she can't reclaim the inheritance he received, the Queen's younger son who wants to marry her (and then kill her) so he can steal the inheritance, and another group trying to protect her.

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* In ''Film/JupiterAscending'', Jupiter Jones is the genetic reincarnation of the Queen of the Universe. There are three groups that are looking for her, her: the Queen's elder son who wants to kill her so she can't reclaim the inheritance he received, the Queen's younger son who wants to marry her (and then kill her) so he can steal the inheritance, and another group trying to protect her.
31st Mar '16 5:34:40 PM ObsidianFire
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** Subverted with Yuka (in the anime, at least), who is convinced this is the case for her. [[WrongGenreSavvy It's not]].

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** Subverted with Yuka (in the anime, at least), who is convinced this is the case for her. [[WrongGenreSavvy It's not]].not.
14th Mar '16 5:55:41 PM Eievie
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->"When I was a kid, I used to wish some stranger would come and tell me my family wasn't really my family. They weren't bad people, they were just... insignificant. And I wanted to be different. Special. I wanted to change. A new name; a new life. The watchmaker's son... tick... became a watchmaker. It is so futile. And I wanted to be... important."

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->"When I was a kid, I used to wish some stranger would come and tell me my family wasn't really my family. They weren't bad people, they were just... just… insignificant. And I wanted to be different. Special. I wanted to change. A new name; a new life. The watchmaker's son... tick... son… tick… became a watchmaker. It is so futile. And I wanted to be... be… important."



* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'': [[LittleMissSnarker Ruri Hoshino]], after having lived the bulk of her life as a lab experiment, discovers her real family - who are the CloudCuckoolander royalty of a ThemePark-based {{Ruritania}}. [[spoiler: She ultimately decides that her biological family is completely irrelevant to her life, and returns to the crew of the Nadesico.]]

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* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'': [[LittleMissSnarker Ruri Hoshino]], after having lived the bulk of her life as a lab experiment, discovers her real family - who family--who are the CloudCuckoolander royalty of a ThemePark-based {{Ruritania}}. [[spoiler: She ultimately decides that her biological family is completely irrelevant to her life, and returns to the crew of the Nadesico.]]






* Don Bluth's Princess ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' is a long-lost, [[LaserGuidedAmnesia amnesiac]] Russian princess. (With an interesting twist: prior to her discovery of her true heritage, she plans to ''pretend'' she's the princess and takes appropriate lessons in history and protocol. Then she's in for a surprise when the BigBad, who swore to destroy the entire royal family, comes after her...)

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* Don Bluth's Princess ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' is a long-lost, [[LaserGuidedAmnesia amnesiac]] Russian princess. (With an interesting twist: prior to her discovery of her true heritage, she plans to ''pretend'' she's the princess and takes appropriate lessons in history and protocol. Then she's in for a surprise when the BigBad, who swore to destroy the entire royal family, comes after her...)her…)



* The ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series. Then again, both of Harry's parents are dead -- and most of the other parental figures he acquires either abuse or betray him, or are killed. And the Dursleys who raised him get slightly sympathetic by the end. (Well, his aunt and cousin do anyways. [[EvilUncle The uncle]] stays a {{jerkass}}.)

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* The ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series. Then again, both of Harry's parents are dead -- and dead--and most of the other parental figures he acquires either abuse or betray him, or are killed. And the Dursleys who raised him get slightly sympathetic by the end. (Well, his aunt and cousin do anyways. [[EvilUncle The uncle]] stays a {{jerkass}}.)



* ''Literature/OliverTwist'' by Creator/CharlesDickens is a low-rent version, where the missing parent turns out to be middle-class -- but given that the title character was thoroughly poverty-stricken, it's a major leg up.

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* ''Literature/OliverTwist'' by Creator/CharlesDickens is a low-rent version, where the missing parent turns out to be middle-class -- but middle-class--but given that the title character was thoroughly poverty-stricken, it's a major leg up.



** In ''The Jargoon Pard'', Kethan was SwitchedAtBirth to ensure his mother [[HeirClubForMen had a son]]. ContrivedCoincidence ensures he meets his birth parents and the girl they are raised, and he ends up with them. (This combines with HappilyAdopted, though -- the girl stays with them, too.)

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** In ''The Jargoon Pard'', Kethan was SwitchedAtBirth to ensure his mother [[HeirClubForMen had a son]]. ContrivedCoincidence ensures he meets his birth parents and the girl they are raised, and he ends up with them. (This combines with HappilyAdopted, though -- the though--the girl stays with them, too.)



** Finding out the ''other'' parent is often a bad thing. For starters some parents were kind of absent. One can understand not telling a kid since they'd brag (Hey, it didn't turn out so well for poor Phaeton!) but when they ''need'' to know and they aren't there...well... Things are improving in the new saga, apparently. (demigods were claimed instantly; and they actually ''talk'' to their children)

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** Finding out the ''other'' parent is often a bad thing. For starters some parents were kind of absent. One can understand not telling a kid since they'd brag (Hey, it didn't turn out so well for poor Phaeton!) but when they ''need'' to know and they aren't there...well... there… well… Things are improving in the new saga, apparently. (demigods were claimed instantly; and they actually ''talk'' to their children)



* Emma's story in ''Series/OnceUponATime''- she's found on the side of the road as a baby and grows up believing her parents abandoned her. In reality they're Snow White and Prince Charming who sacrificed themselves to send her to the real world and free her from the curse which is keeping them trapped in Storybrooke.

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* Emma's story in ''Series/OnceUponATime''- she's ''Series/OnceUponATime''--she's found on the side of the road as a baby and grows up believing her parents abandoned her. In reality they're Snow White and Prince Charming who sacrificed themselves to send her to the real world and free her from the curse which is keeping them trapped in Storybrooke.



** The more regular explanation for the name "Changeling" is the Founders' ability to impersonate humanoids and use this for infiltration - that's what the [[ChangelingTale Changelings did in legends]] (pretended to be human and corrupted others).

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** The more regular explanation for the name "Changeling" is the Founders' ability to impersonate humanoids and use this for infiltration - that's infiltration--that's what the [[ChangelingTale Changelings did in legends]] (pretended to be human and corrupted others).



** In Volume 4 they have Sylar's Changeling Fantasy actually turn out to be ''true'', in that he really was adopted, and his biological father turns out to have been a powerful supervillain...but it's subverted as Sylar finds him a "big disappointment" due to all the VillainDecay his dad had undergone, courtesy of Princesse, apparent poverty, and sheer boredom with life. Its implied as well that he never really did much with his abilities anyway other than kill people for their power [[spoiler: and Sylars mom]], and was just a self-centered JerkAss who doesn't give a crap about his son and never did. [[spoiler: When he finds out Sylar has a HealingFactor and is effectively immortal, he tries to kill him for it and get a new lease on life. Except Sylar overpowers him without much effort.]]

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** In Volume 4 they have Sylar's Changeling Fantasy actually turn out to be ''true'', in that he really was adopted, and his biological father turns out to have been a powerful supervillain...supervillain… but it's subverted as Sylar finds him a "big disappointment" due to all the VillainDecay his dad had undergone, courtesy of Princesse, apparent poverty, and sheer boredom with life. Its implied as well that he never really did much with his abilities anyway other than kill people for their power [[spoiler: and Sylars mom]], and was just a self-centered JerkAss who doesn't give a crap about his son and never did. [[spoiler: When he finds out Sylar has a HealingFactor and is effectively immortal, he tries to kill him for it and get a new lease on life. Except Sylar overpowers him without much effort.]]




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*''Series/PeakyBlinders'': Deconstructed with Michael. He wants something more exciting than the pretty little village where he grew up, and the Shelbys are ''certainly'' that. But he's also visibly taken aback by the grimness of Birmingham. Still, he goes home, and then once he's 18, he chooses to come back.



** Inverted with Angelo and Marcello, though...

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** Inverted with Angelo and Marcello, though...though…



* ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' has the real parents using the {{Masquerade}} -- and utterly evil.

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* ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' has the real parents using the {{Masquerade}} -- and {{Masquerade}}--and utterly evil.



* In ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'', [[spoiler:Rosemary]] likes to think she'll somehow find herself in the middle of this. When [[spoiler:her best friend Nadja]] is revealed to be a lost noblewoman... [[GoMadFromTheRevelation she]] [[FreakOut snaps]]. [[BodyDouble Big]], [[BitchInSheepsClothing BIG]] [[ManipulativeBastard time]].
* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', we meet a little girl named Rosine, a bright, imaginative child with a terrible [[AbusiveParents home life.]] Her favorite fairy tale was about an a boy by the name of Pirkaf, who while loved by his parents never fit in amongst humans and eventually came believe he was a elf (due to being in similar appearance) and ran off to live with them. Believing the same about herself Rosine runs off as well but she obviously ignored the ending of the fairy tale. [[spoiler:Pirkaf meets the Elves and learns that he is indeed human; his appearance was caused by the magic used to save him as infant thanks to his parents begging request for help. Upon hearing this Pirkaf runs back home only to find mysterious forest had sprung up overnight, caused by the Elves' anger over no one mentioning how they saved the boy's life, and Pirkaf-- now completely alone-- wept and wept.]]

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* In ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'', [[spoiler:Rosemary]] likes to think she'll somehow find herself in the middle of this. When [[spoiler:her best friend Nadja]] is revealed to be a lost noblewoman... noblewoman… [[GoMadFromTheRevelation she]] [[FreakOut snaps]]. [[BodyDouble Big]], [[BitchInSheepsClothing BIG]] [[ManipulativeBastard time]].
* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', we meet a little girl named Rosine, a bright, imaginative child with a terrible [[AbusiveParents home life.]] Her favorite fairy tale was about an a boy by the name of Pirkaf, who while loved by his parents never fit in amongst humans and eventually came believe he was a elf (due to being in similar appearance) and ran off to live with them. Believing the same about herself Rosine runs off as well but she obviously ignored the ending of the fairy tale. [[spoiler:Pirkaf meets the Elves and learns that he is indeed human; his appearance was caused by the magic used to save him as infant thanks to his parents begging request for help. Upon hearing this Pirkaf runs back home only to find mysterious forest had sprung up overnight, caused by the Elves' anger over no one mentioning how they saved the boy's life, and Pirkaf-- now Pirkaf--now completely alone-- wept alone--wept and wept.]]



* Alois Trancy from the second season of ''Manga/BlackButler'' claims this is what happened to him, since he went missing as an infant (which caused his mother [[DrivenToSuicide kill herself from despair]]) and reappeared years later after living with a foster family in an ordinary village and was taken back in by his father, the late Earl Trancy. In the first episode it's mentioned that he claims fairies abducted him, which his uncle is incredibly suspicious about and intends to prove he's a fraud. [[spoiler:The uncle's right, Alois is actually Jim Macken, an ordinary boy who was only posing as the Earl's son... and was actually his SexSlave until he snapped and killed the Earl by making a contract with a demon.]]

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* Alois Trancy from the second season of ''Manga/BlackButler'' claims this is what happened to him, since he went missing as an infant (which caused his mother [[DrivenToSuicide kill herself from despair]]) and reappeared years later after living with a foster family in an ordinary village and was taken back in by his father, the late Earl Trancy. In the first episode it's mentioned that he claims fairies abducted him, which his uncle is incredibly suspicious about and intends to prove he's a fraud. [[spoiler:The uncle's right, Alois is actually Jim Macken, an ordinary boy who was only posing as the Earl's son... son… and was actually his SexSlave until he snapped and killed the Earl by making a contract with a demon.]]



* Rather savagely parodied in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', in which a dream-avatar cuckoo sums up this trope with the line "Girls' fantasies are much simpler-- their families aren't their families, their lives aren't their lives. Little cuckoos."

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* Rather savagely parodied in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', in which a dream-avatar cuckoo sums up this trope with the line "Girls' fantasies are much simpler-- their simpler--their families aren't their families, their lives aren't their lives. Little cuckoos."



* The ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip companion Izzy was adopted, and -- having tension with her adoptive parents -- often indulged in these kind of fantasies (which were often alluded to in the strip). By the end of her time with the Doctor, however, she'd adjusted to who she was and returned to her adoptive parents. The identity of her true parents was never revealed.

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* The ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip companion Izzy was adopted, and -- having and--having tension with her adoptive parents -- often parents--often indulged in these kind of fantasies (which were often alluded to in the strip). By the end of her time with the Doctor, however, she'd adjusted to who she was and returned to her adoptive parents. The identity of her true parents was never revealed.



* In Creator/DavidLynch's ''Film/TheElephantMan'', the title character occasionally expresses a wish to find his real mother, on the hope that she could "love me as I am." What makes this so tragic is the subtle implication (which is historically true, by the way) that she clearly abandoned him for being ... [[TheGrotesque well, you know]].

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* In Creator/DavidLynch's ''Film/TheElephantMan'', the title character occasionally expresses a wish to find his real mother, on the hope that she could "love me as I am." What makes this so tragic is the subtle implication (which is historically true, by the way) that she clearly abandoned him for being ... being… [[TheGrotesque well, you know]].



** ''Tales of Innsmouth'' is a collection of stories by various authors, one of which raises the point that said fish-people will be Very Vengeful about their city being torpedoed thanks to his running to the authorities -- the protagonist finds the perfectly preserved flayed skin of the original character. He is still alive as a skinless fish-man though.

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** ''Tales of Innsmouth'' is a collection of stories by various authors, one of which raises the point that said fish-people will be Very Vengeful about their city being torpedoed thanks to his running to the authorities -- the authorities--the protagonist finds the perfectly preserved flayed skin of the original character. He is still alive as a skinless fish-man though.



* In ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Quasimodo's birth parents are glamourous and exciting gypsies, but they abandoned him on the steps of a church, where BigBad Archdeacon Claude Frollo -- about 16 at the time -- took him in ''[[AntiVillain out of kindness]]''. Naturally, Disney couldn't cope with all this moral ambiguity, and in their version, Quasi's birth parents were very loving, and Frollo killed them, taking the child in out of guilt, and not even raising him himself.

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* In ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Quasimodo's birth parents are glamourous and exciting gypsies, but they abandoned him on the steps of a church, where BigBad Archdeacon Claude Frollo -- about Frollo--about 16 at the time -- took time--took him in ''[[AntiVillain out of kindness]]''. Naturally, Disney couldn't cope with all this moral ambiguity, and in their version, Quasi's birth parents were very loving, and Frollo killed them, taking the child in out of guilt, and not even raising him himself.



* In Creator/LMMontgomery's ''Literature/TheBlueCastle'' the trope is inverted in universe -- Valancy's relatives explicitly talk about whether she is a changeling because of her sudden peculiar behaviour, and it gets shot down because of her age.

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* In Creator/LMMontgomery's ''Literature/TheBlueCastle'' the trope is inverted in universe -- Valancy's universe--Valancy's relatives explicitly talk about whether she is a changeling because of her sudden peculiar behaviour, and it gets shot down because of her age.



* In ''TheBadSeed'', Christine Penmark has always had this thought in the back of her mind that she was adopted, though unlike most examples of this trope, the idea fills her with horror. Her parents profusely deny this, and her friends assure her that this is a common childhood fantasy and no more. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for her, it turns out that she was right, and her biological mother was a psychopathic serial killer... who may have passed on her murderous nature to Christine's daughter.]]

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* In ''TheBadSeed'', Christine Penmark has always had this thought in the back of her mind that she was adopted, though unlike most examples of this trope, the idea fills her with horror. Her parents profusely deny this, and her friends assure her that this is a common childhood fantasy and no more. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for her, it turns out that she was right, and her biological mother was a psychopathic serial killer... killer… who may have passed on her murderous nature to Christine's daughter.]]



* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': Parodied. In the episode "My Mother the Fiend," Veronica finds out who Trina Echolls's real parents are. After the big reveal, Trina confides to Veronica that she had always dreamed that her real parents were movie stars. To which Veronica answers: "Trina, your parents ''were'' movie stars..."

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* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': Parodied. In the episode "My Mother the Fiend," Veronica finds out who Trina Echolls's real parents are. After the big reveal, Trina confides to Veronica that she had always dreamed that her real parents were movie stars. To which Veronica answers: "Trina, your parents ''were'' movie stars..."stars…"



* Alistair in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', although he is well aware that he is actually a blood heir to the throne, he doesn't want it in the least bit, and actually treats this like this isn't really impressive. However he ''does'' know that he has a half-sister in Denerim, and when he meets her, she is almost enraged to see him (or even find out he still ''lives''), and asks for money because she's not very wealthy (and has ''plenty'' of children) and Alistair is kinda...saddened more by finding out his half sister is incredibly rude than that he could actually become [[spoiler:King of Ferelden]].

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* Alistair in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', although he is well aware that he is actually a blood heir to the throne, he doesn't want it in the least bit, and actually treats this like this isn't really impressive. However he ''does'' know that he has a half-sister in Denerim, and when he meets her, she is almost enraged to see him (or even find out he still ''lives''), and asks for money because she's not very wealthy (and has ''plenty'' of children) and Alistair is kinda...kinda… saddened more by finding out his half sister is incredibly rude than that he could actually become [[spoiler:King of Ferelden]].



* Flipped around around and inverted in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''. When Angelo's family died, he went off to the Abbey in hopes of having a place to live and at having a future, not having anything left to his name cept for a small sack, thanks to his dad being a bit reckless. The first person he meets at the Abbey who kindly greets him tells him it'd be his home from then on turns out to be his half brother, who was cast out and disinherited by said father because of Angelo's birth...and ''immediately'' tears into him, telling him to leave the abbey, accusing him of attempting to destroy his life there, and from then on, was never kind to him in the least bit.

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* Flipped around around and inverted in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''. When Angelo's family died, he went off to the Abbey in hopes of having a place to live and at having a future, not having anything left to his name cept for a small sack, thanks to his dad being a bit reckless. The first person he meets at the Abbey who kindly greets him tells him it'd be his home from then on turns out to be his half brother, who was cast out and disinherited by said father because of Angelo's birth...birth… and ''immediately'' tears into him, telling him to leave the abbey, accusing him of attempting to destroy his life there, and from then on, was never kind to him in the least bit.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' uses the "evil real family" subversion, with a surprising lack of GenreBlindness -- the BigBad is [[GenreSavvy aware of this trope]] and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy exploits it]].
** Well... more just an [[TheEvilPrince evil older brother.]] In the comics, we see a vision of Elyon's birth parents, who seem to have been good people before dying.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' uses the "evil real family" subversion, with a surprising lack of GenreBlindness -- the GenreBlindness--the BigBad is [[GenreSavvy aware of this trope]] and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy exploits it]].
** Well... Well… more just an [[TheEvilPrince evil older brother.]] In the comics, we see a vision of Elyon's birth parents, who seem to have been good people before dying.



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* Tossed, seemingly at random, into Quinn's backstory for the SciFi Channel seasons of ''{{Sliders}}''.

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* Tossed, seemingly at random, into Quinn's backstory for the SciFi Channel seasons of ''{{Sliders}}''.''Series/{{Sliders}}''.
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